Last lunar eclipse of 2020: Here's what you should know

First Published Nov 30, 2020, 9:09 AM IST

The last penumbral eclipse -- where in the sun, earth, and moon align in almost a straight line -- of the year will happen today. Here's what you should know.

<p>The lunar eclipse will not be visible in India as penumbral eclipse will begin at 1:04 pm today. It will be at its peak at 3:13 pm and and end at 5:22 pm.&nbsp;</p>

The lunar eclipse will not be visible in India as penumbral eclipse will begin at 1:04 pm today. It will be at its peak at 3:13 pm and and end at 5:22 pm. 

<p>According to NASA, About 85% of the moon will turn a shade darker during the peak or middle phase of the eclipse. While this type of shading effect of the moon is visible, your best chance to see it may be through a telescope</p>

According to NASA, About 85% of the moon will turn a shade darker during the peak or middle phase of the eclipse. While this type of shading effect of the moon is visible, your best chance to see it may be through a telescope

<p>According to a report in Live Science, November's full moon is also known a Full Beaver Moon in many parts of the world. Other names for this month's full moon include the cold moon, frost moon, winter moon, oak moon, moon before Yule and child moon.</p>

According to a report in Live Science, November's full moon is also known a Full Beaver Moon in many parts of the world. Other names for this month's full moon include the cold moon, frost moon, winter moon, oak moon, moon before Yule and child moon.

<p>There were four lunar eclipses in 2020 and all were penumbral ones. The last three occurred on January 10, June 5, July 5. The next lunar eclipse will be on May 26, 2021.</p>

There were four lunar eclipses in 2020 and all were penumbral ones. The last three occurred on January 10, June 5, July 5. The next lunar eclipse will be on May 26, 2021.

<p>Space.com quoted NASA research scientist Noah Petro as saying, "We can get really good science out of what happens to the surface of the moon during total lunar eclipses but again, the cool thing is that the moon changes colour. It's something fun to see -- it's benign, but it's a change. And anytime we see change in the skies, it's always kind of exciting."&nbsp;</p>

Space.com quoted NASA research scientist Noah Petro as saying, "We can get really good science out of what happens to the surface of the moon during total lunar eclipses but again, the cool thing is that the moon changes colour. It's something fun to see -- it's benign, but it's a change. And anytime we see change in the skies, it's always kind of exciting." 

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